Synopses & Reviews
The Dedalus Book of Spanish Fantasy is an ambitious and wide-ranging collection of texts from the middle of the 19th century to the present day, by authors writing in Castilian, Basque, Catalan and Gallego. Only two of the stories have appeared in translation before and while some authors (Goytisolo, Atxaga, Mendoza and Javias Maria) might be known to an English-reading public, most authors have never previously been translated into English.
The stories have been selected to give the reader that frisson that one expects from the truly fantastic: from fabulous creatures and ghost stories to doppelgangers and time travel metamorphoses. The anthology is enriched by a wide variety of settings, characters, situations, themes and narrative modes which combine to produce one of the most important collections of Spanish Literature to appear in English.
Table of Contents
An exposition of Canon Lizardi's letter / Bernardo Atxaga -- The raincoat / Max Aub -- The kiss / Gustavo Adolfo Bâecquer -- Fables, 9, 10 and 10a / Juan Benet -- The catalyst / Juan Benet -- The desert / Pere Calders -- Beyond death / Noel Clarasâo -- No one / Isabel del Râio -- The key / Isabel del Râio -- Countdown/ Isabel del Râio -- The little girl who had no wings / Pilar Dâiaz-Mas -- Concerning the death of Bieito / Rafael Dieste -- How my six cats died / Wenceslao Fernâandez Flâorez -- How the tailor Bieito returned to hell / âAnxel Fole -- A face / Pere Gimferrer -- The stork-men / Juan Goytisolo -- The shooting gallery / Alberto Insâua -- The yellow rain / Julio Llamazares -- Gualta / Javier Marâias -- No news from Gurb / Eduardo Mendoza -- The companion / Josâe Marâia Merino -- The lost traveller / Josâe Marâia Merino -- The one where she tells him a story / Juan Josâe Millâas -- Family life / Quim Monzâo -- Gregor / Quim Monzâo -- The preacher / Carlos Edmundo de Ory -- The woman who came back to life / Emilia Pardo Bazâan -- The Holocanth / Joan Perucho -- My Cristina / Mercâe Rodoreda -- From exile / Alfonso Sastre -- Cervantes' chickens / Ramâon J. Sender -- The condemned man / Josâe âAngel Valente -- My sister Antonia / Ramâon del Valle-Inclâan -- In search of the electrifying double act / Enrique Vila-Matas -- A poor man / Alonso Zamora Vicente.